Sacred Heart product Zack Short makes major-league debut for Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers' Zack Short runs to first base after walking against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning during the first game of a doubleheader baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit Tigers' Zack Short runs to first base after walking against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning during the first game of a doubleheader baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Former Sacred Heart infielder Zack Short made his major-league debut for the Detroit Tigers Wednesday.

The 17th round pick in 2016 showcased his defensive ability as well as his plate discipline, skillsets that have gotten Short to this point in the Tigers 3-2 loss.

The 25-year old made his big-league appearance at third base in the first game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Short was 0-1 at the plate with two walks, and made a diving play in the field to rob Colin Moran of a hit.

“He’s got a lot of baseball skills,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch told MLB.com, “and we saw a little bit of that today watching him at third base.”

Over the course of his four-year minor league career Short played 22 games at third base (.912 fielding percentage), 43 games at second base (.976 %) and 288 games at shortstop (.951 %).

Short also compiled an impressive 16.4 BB% in the minors (MLB average is 8%) for a .377 on base percentage.

Short’s first at bat came against left-hander Tyler Anderson. After falling behind 0-2 Short battled back, fouling some pitches off to work his first walk.

After falling behind 1-2 in his second at bat against Anderson, Short worked the count again to become the ninth playing in Tigers history to walk twice in his major-league debut.

“Very Zack Short-esque two at-bats today,” former minor league teammate Ian Happ said.

Happ, the Chicago Cubs starting center fielder, and Short are co-hosts of The Compound podcast in which players discuss the life of a professional baseball player.

Short’s defensive versatility and ability to get on base could keep him at the major-league level.

“The more you watch him, the more you appreciate him,” AJ Hinch told MLB.com. “And that’s where I think he got on the map with us, coming to the big leagues this early, is how he prepares and how he competes.”